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Documenteur (1981)

A young French woman, separated from her lover, tries to find a lodging in L.A. for herself and her son.

Director:

Agnès Varda

Writer:

Agnès Varda
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sabine Mamou Sabine Mamou ... Emilie Cooper
Mathieu Demy ... Martin Cooper
Lisa Blok-Linson Lisa Blok-Linson ... Lisa, l'amie (as Lisa Blok)
Tina Odom Tina Odom ... Tina, la serveuse
Gary Feldman Gary Feldman ... L'écrivain à sa fenêtre
Tom Taplin ... Tom Cooper
Fred Ricker Fred Ricker ... Le couple du motel
Kelly Ricker Kelly Ricker ... Le couple du motel
Charles Southwood ... L'homme au water bed
Chris Leplus Chris Leplus ... Le producteur de l'autre film
Barry Farrell Barry Farrell ... Un homme de l'autre film
Andrew Meyer Andrew Meyer ... Un homme de l'autre film
Delphine Seyrig ... Delphine (voice)
Gerald Ayres ... Récitante (voice) (as Gérard Ayres)
Joan Torres Joan Torres ... Récitante (voice)
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Storyline

A young French woman, separated from her lover, tries to find a lodging in L.A. for herself and her son.

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 January 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Documenteur: An Emotion Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ciné Tamaris See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The couple fighting about rent were not actors and happened to be arguing while the film was being shot. Director Agnès Varda asked if her camera bothered them and neither one minded and continued to argue through the filming. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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not more than an experiment
13 February 2019 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

'Documenteur' is an interesting essay, but not one of the milestones in the filmography of Agnes Varda. The film follows a French woman, just out of a relationship, looking for housing and than living for a while in a non-proviledged neighborhood of Los Angeles. It's an interesting combination - fiction inspired from the biography of the director who at that point in her life was separated, the lead role is played by Sabine Mamou, her only film as an actress, while the kid is Mathieu Demy, Agnes Varda's son (and formidable acting as a kid - he will become later a professional actor). Much of the rest is film in the streets with non-professional actors, with some nude and sex scenes interleaved to make us feel the loneliness of the character. A verbose text translates to us in parallel her feelings. The combination is interesting, but there is no real story here, and the film is too short, and its ending to abrupt to make complete sense. My overall feeling was to have watched a filmed essay, an experimental movie, but not really a full feature film.


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